Willem Jonker, Chief Executive Officer
Prof. Willem Jonker (1962) has a broad background in ICT, both in industry as well as in academia. He studied mathematics and computer science at Groningen University, worked at Delft University of Technology, received his PhD from the University of Utrecht, and is a part-time full professor in computer science at Twente University.
Willem Jonker's industrial experience covers telecommunications (KPN), IT (European Computer industry Research Centre, Munich) and consumer electronics (Philips). He held several positions as researcher, international project leader, department head, sector head, and account manager. In 2006 he was appointed Vice President Philips Research. Prof. Dr. Jonker has served European ICT research in various ways amongst others as project leader, reviewer, and advisor.
Dr. Chahab Nastar has over 20 years of experience as an academic, an entrepreneur, and a large company executive. After heading up a research team at INRIA, he founded the computer vision software maker LTU technologies and successfully sold it to Jastec Corporation, a listed company based in Tokyo. He then spent 7 years at SAP as Vice President of Advanced Development, before joining EIT Digital in 2014. Chahab graduated from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech. He has a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and is a former fellow of the MIT Media Lab. In 2002, he was recognized by Technology Review magazine as one of the world’s top young innovators.
Roberto Prieto, Chief Education Officer
Prof. Prieto is the Chief Education Officer of EIT Digital and a member of the Management Committee of EIT Digital.
Prof. Prieto received the Master and Doctoral degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain becoming Full Professor in 2016.
He is coauthor of over 120 technical papers in peer-reviewed international conferences and journals and he is coauthor of 2 patents and 3 software brands, which two of them are in commercial operation.
He served as Vice-President for Research at UPM. He was the UPM representative at the technical commission of RedEmprendia (University Network for Entrepreneurship accelerators). He was the Director of the Transfer Technology Office (TTO) at UPM and the President of the National Spanish network of Technology Transfer Offices (RedOTRI-CRUE).
He also served as advisor of the General Secretary of Science and Innovation for collaborative programs with Universities at the Spanish Ministry of Science.
Victor Lemmens, Node Director Benelux
Victor Lemmens is leading the EIT Digital Node in the Benelux union.
Victor Lemmens, born 1973 in Maastricht, the Netherlands, received a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering from (RWTH) Aachen Technical University in Germany and a Master degree in Business Administration of Nyenrode Business Universiteit in the Netherlands.
His expertise gathered during his academic years, shaped his career right at the intersection of technology and business value. Victor held numerous positions in technology value creation at Philips and SAP. Afterwards, Victor was shareholder and management team member at a software company, increasing organizational leverage and value creation ahead of the acquisition by Nasdaq. Subsequently, he owned a start-up that focused on consultancy automation with low code software. Next to a stint at IFS after the acquisition of a low code software provider, Victor became CEO of a VC-owned software provider in operational logistics.
Victor is a former winner of the Charlemagne Youth Prize for European collaboration, a speaker and guest lecturer on technology value creation. He is the proud father of three boys and married to Esther. His hobbies include skiing, cycling and (classic) cars. A true European citizen, Victor speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Swedish at different levels of proficiency.
Lea Myyryläinen, Node Director Finland
Lea Myyryläinen received a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology (today Aalto University), Finland.
Throughout her 20 years of experience, Lea has been working in international environment and with various information technology products and solutions.
After a primary experience founding a start-up, Lea started her professional career in Jaakko Pöyry Consulting (an engineering consulting firm) as Automation Design Engineer and Consultant, before moving to Product Management roles with GE Healthcare Finland for healthcare technological solutions technologies.
She also held various leading positions at Nokia in the area of broadband and mobile applications, new technology sourcing, and business development. Lea was holding the position of Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Sales at Gillie AI (a start-up providing artificial intelligence analytics for health care) since 2018.
Lea is bringing her expertise in digital innovation combined with a solid experience and leadership in business development and product management for technologies solutions.
Guillaume Toublanc has more than twenty years of expertise in digital innovation, entrepreneurship and digital transformation in both big corporations and startups. After creating several digital startups and helping to set up two startup studios dedicated to fast track innovation at Orange, he held the position of VP Digital Marketing where he led major digital transformation projects of the operator. He regularly seats at the selection committee of several French startups accelerators. He has accompanied, personally, numerous digital startups at various stages of evolution over the last ten years.
Guillaume Toublanc holds an Executive MBA from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago. He graduated from Telecom ParisTech and holds a Master degree in Physics from Université Pierre et Marie Curie.
He lives in Paris and has two children. When not working, he enjoys outdoor activities as often as he can with his family and friends.
László Gulyás, Node Director Hungary
László Gulyás, born in 1972, was the regional lead of EIT Digital’s ARISE Europe program in Central and Eastern Europe. His professional history of 20+ years has been divided in about equal parts between higher education, research and ICT business practice. His mission is to bring cutting edge scientific results to the market and vice versa.
After receiving his PhD from Loránd Eötvös University, Budapest, he worked at the same institution, at Harvard University and at the Central European University. He also held management positions at various startup and SME companies. Dr. Gulyás has authored 80+ articles and co-managed a series of successful technology projects with EU and national support.
Dr. Jesus Contreras has experience in innovation related activities within the ICT sector since 1998. He received his PhD from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in Artificial Intelligence in 2004 and a MBA in 2006.
His career incudes from starting as research engineer in Software A.G, acting as Director for R&D in Intelligent Software Components (iSOCO), Head of Business Development at Denodo and Chief Operating Officer at Taiger, all companies dealing with edge technologies creating new products or services. During his career, he was also part time teacher at several universities: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and evaluator of funded projects for the European Commission and Spanish government.
Göran Olofsson is the leader of the EIT Digital Node in Sweden.
With more than 16 years´ experience in R&D and Innovation in the telecommunications sector, with several management roles and board member of several EIT Digital partner organisations, Göran Olofsson brings in-depth knowledge of the industry challenges, the national and international ecosystem and the passion for business development.
At the appointment to Node Director in Sweden in August 2015, Göran Olofsson was the CEO and co-founder of Locusense, a spinoff company from SICS Swedish ICT research, with IPR for indoor positioning and asset tracking and also worked as an independent innovation and strategy consultant.
Prior to this Göran held several positions at TeliaSonera, as Director Generic Strategy, R&D and Innovation 2007-2012, where he developed innovation strategies for national and international programs in the areas of IoT, Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Media, e-Health and Sustainable Urban Life. In this capacity he was also involved in the first stages of planning and setup of EIT ICT Labs, the former brand name of EIT Digital.
In 1997-2007 he was Vice President (and held other management roles) at Telia Research, managing up to 300 R&D experts. He has provided strategy input to several Board of Directors – SICS, Acreo, Industry Council Future Internet, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and as an expert for EU, SSF and Vinnova (Swedish National funding agency) and as an external reviewer for EIT Digital in the areas of Urban Life and Mobility and Smart Spaces.
Göran lives north of Stockholm and is married with two children. When not working he enjoys the Stockholm archipelago, jazz music, reading, and volunteer work teaching in mathematics and science to students and immigrants, through a non-profit organization.
Morgan Gillis has a strong track record of delivering strategic and operational leadership to major collaborative ventures in Europe and the USA, building global ecosystems and leading young entrepreneurial enterprises in the mobile and digital arenas.
He served as Executive Vice President and Board Director of Symbian Software, a software platform company which was centrally involved in defining the smartphone category, for six years from start-up through to global leadership; Managing Director of SHL Plc, a market-leading SaaS provider listed on the London stock exchange; CEO of LiMo Foundation, a major joint venture of leading mobile carriers and technology vendors engaged in the development and commercialisation of an open platform for smart devices; and subsequently as CEO of Tizen Inc. before acting as a management consultant to start-ups and scale-ups in Silicon Valley for three years.
Morgan is also recognised as a leader with the capacity to effect industry-level influence via citation as one of the ‘Forty most influential executives within the global mobile field' by telecoms.com and has extensive experience of working with government and academic bodies to shape their participation in the commercialisation of emerging technologies of major importance.